empac west facade


We are just two and a half hours north of New York City via a beautiful train ride up the Hudson River, an easy day trip from the Berkshires or Saratoga Springs, and across the river and just north of Albany, NY. We are also just under three hours by car from Boston or Montreal.

Located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, EMPAC overlooks Troy, a city that played a central role in the Industrial Revolution and that still preserves some of the 19th century’s best architecture.

Building + Box Office Hours

Academic Year

  • September 2–May 19, 2018
  • Monday–Friday: 9AM–6PM
  • Saturday: 10AM–4PM

Summer Hours

  • May 20–August 18, 2018
  • Monday–Friday: 9AM–5PM

Holiday closures

  • We are closed: Memorial, Independence, Labor, Thanksgiving, and day after, Christmas week, New Years, Martin Luther King, and President's Day.

Additional building hours for events and exhibitions.

Box Office: 518.276.3921

Evelyn’s Café

Our café offers a menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines before all performances, screenings, and talks. Service continues during intermissions and after most performances and talks.

Starting August 28th, Evelyn’s is also open weekdays from 11:30AM–3PM daily for lunch featuring a rotating menu using locally-sourced ingredients. On Wednesdays, the student-run Terra Cafe serves a weekly menu of local and organic foods featuring a meat and vegetarian option as well as dessert from 11AM–3PM.

Evelyn’s Café: 518.276.2578

Address + Directions

Parking + Accessibility


The main entrance and box office are located on the EAST (campus) side of the building. For events, please park in the College avenue parking garage adjacent to Cogswell Laboratory.


The East campus entrance is also the accessible access to EMPAC. For further information or accommodation in the EMPAC building contact the box office. Please note that Parking on 8th street requires using stairs to the third floor where there are elevators in the corridor hallway.

Rensselaer Campus Accessibility Information

Mailing Address

110 8th Street EMPAC Building Troy, NY 12180


Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station 555 East St Rensselaer, NY 12144 518.462.5763 www.amtrak.com

Albany International Airport 737 Albany-Shaker Road Latham, NY http://www.albanyairport.com/

Photo: Paul Riviera.